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The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II | [Stephen King]

The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.
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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower. In 1987, he finds Eddie Dean, The Prisoner, a heroin addict. In 1964, he meets Odetta Holmes, the Lady of Shadows, a young African-American heiress who lost her lower legs in a subway accident and gained a second personality that rages within her. And in 1977, he encounters Jack Mort, Death, a pusher responsible for cruelties beyond imagining. Has Roland found new companions to form the ka-tet of his quest? Or has he unleashed something else entirely? A savage struggle has begun in which underworld evil and otherworldly enemies conspire to bring an end to Roland's search for the Dark Tower.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you've ever heard. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. Don't miss the other volumes of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

©1987 Stephen King; (P)1998 and 2003 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Prime King...very suspenseful. An epic in the making." (Kirkus Reviews)
"With The Drawing of the Three...King says, 'I found my voice'...Did he ever." (The Denver Post)

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-08-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Muller at his BEST!"

    George Guidall, the narrator of the first book, is an amazing talent. I look forward to when he returns to this series with book 5...however...Frank Muller IS The Gunslinger. His talents and abilities shine through on this book unlike any narrator of any book I have listened to. I may be a little biased due to my unyielding love for this series, but this audiobook is a real treat.

    One of the best stories of the series, The Drawing of the Three leads the listener into the world of the Gunslinger, and then into the worlds of The Drawing, right from the beginning...and you will never want to leave. One of the biggest compliments that I can give a book is one that I give this book. As I neared the end, I was at once enthralled to gain the climax, but also melancholy that the journey was nearly over.

    DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!!!

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    Sharron Jefferson, Alabama, United States 11-05-13
    Sharron Jefferson, Alabama, United States 11-05-13
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    "Frank Muller Channeled These Characters!! Wow!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most definitely suggest this to a friend. I can not express to you how well Frank Muller's performance of the characters are in this book. I have never heard an author get so involved into the characters, its as if he is possessed by each one and you forget that this is just one person reading this book. This is by far the best narration I have ever heard in my ENTIRE life. WOW!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odetta Walker, Frank Muller brought her to life in this audiobook!


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not but anything he narrates I will buy regardless of the book.


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    Robert Johnston, Rhode Island, United States 10-08-13
    Robert Johnston, Rhode Island, United States 10-08-13
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    "Great Story And Performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drawing of the Three to be better than the print version?

    I feel the audio version is one in the same with the print version. It is the same story afterall. However, Frank Muller's performance is excellent and the different voices do add quite a lot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drawing of the Three?

    At the end when Roland forces Odetta and Detta to see each other and become Susannah.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only the ones he has done for the other Dark Tower books. That is, the original recording of The Gunslinger, The Wastelands and Wizard and Glass. They are all equally engaging and incredible performances.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think any book is too long to listen in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave this a 5 star rating. The only reason I did that is because it is a great story and flawlessly performed. However, there is a larger problem. That problem is how audible packaged this book. The tracks and discs are not split up properly. How hard would it have been to rip the discs properly from the original pressing? Not that hard. It is a pity that they don't manufacture the CD's anymore. I would much rather have had them. I imagine this is a problem with all of audible's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel FRESNO, CA, United States 09-30-13
    Daniel FRESNO, CA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    Great story, this cemented me in wanting to read the full series because I want to see what's happens

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    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 09-28-13
    Brian Bennett San Something, CA 09-28-13

    The Dude

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    "Glad I read Book II"

    Book 1 was just the set-up and I didn't really care for it but book II is great. I can't wait to get to the next book and very pleased I listened to the Drawing of Three.

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    Christopher lena, IL, United States 09-11-13
    Christopher lena, IL, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2011

    26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything

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    "Yey another masterpiece in Mr. Kings magnum opus!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drawing of the Three to be better than the print version?

    No, but I've never thought an audio book was better than print. Just for the fact that when I read I can give the characters my own version of their voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Literally everything! Stephen King is a master author and I LOVE this series. The pacing is great, just when you think it's going to bog down with too much dialog, something insane and or soul crushing happens! And during all the hectic parts I find myself going back to re-listen just to make sure I caught all of it because sooo much happens! But you still have to pay attention during all that dialog.. some awesome Easter eggs for the more astute listeners. The reference to Richard Adams' lesser known works is one that really sticks out in my mind.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The breathy quality to his voice.. I'm not a fan.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't, the only way this could make it to a screen near you would HAVE to be in an HBO series.. And only if it were put on in it's entirety! I would leave absolutely nothing out.


    Any additional comments?

    I find myself identifying with the characters on such an emotional level. I get mad at them when they say or do something stupid. I feel sad for them when tragedy strikes and so on and so forth. A truly masterful work that's worth a read, then a reread then a re-reread.

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    iReview Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13
    iReview Reisterstown, MD, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2009

    radman2020

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    "Great read"

    This is a really interesting book...vivid and imaginative. The reader is spectacular. It stands on its own but I am hooked for the next one (which I didn't like as much and didn't stand alone as well)

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    Holly 05-29-13
    Holly 05-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "My Favorite In the Series!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Drawing of the Three?

    I love how he "draws" the new characters into his world and the relationship that blooms within the group. Very well done!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drawing of the Three?

    Eddie finding his courage at Balazar's place!


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    I love his portrayal of Odetta. He captures her essence well.


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    Amazon Customer Bessemer, AL, United States 05-23-13
    Amazon Customer Bessemer, AL, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2007

    Insert something snarky here.

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    "New to King"

    Besides On Writing, the Dark Tower are the first Stephen King books that I have ever read. And these books have made me wish that I had started earlier. There is so much imagination in these books, it's hard to understand how some people criticize King for being cliched.

    I really enjoyed the way the characters are written. Everyone is so different and it's never hard to tell one character from the other. It's very interesting to think of when the series was written and the length of time between some of the later books. I think that the then modern day scenes of New York are quite evocative of the time and the inclusion of a disabled Woman of Color as an important character makes me incredibly happy.

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    NDheels 02-11-13
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    "My favorite Gunslinger novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drawing of the Three to be better than the print version?

    I love both the print edition and Frank Muller's audio edition


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Frank Muller has always been my favorite narrator. I was sad to hear of his illness and loss of his wonderful voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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